kThe Parliament of Ghana is urging calm as efforts to unravel claims that some former ministers received a double salary during their tenure are ongoing.
“Parliament wishes to observe that the offence of criminality in the said matter is yet to be proven and will, therefore, like to implore the Police, Members of Parliament and the general public to remain calm and circumspect in their comments until the facts of the matter are determined,” a release from the Public Affairs Department said.
An ongoing probe by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) into the allegations of double salary paid to some appointees of the former government has been the subject of public debate amid claims of political witch-hunting.
All the former government officials cited in the alleged scandal are members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), prompting some of them to blame the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of political witch-hunting and a deliberate effort to stain their reputation.
Minority spokesperson on Finance Cassiel Ato Forson has said that the government wanted to divert attention from the real issues and was using the double salary allegations to silence its opponents.
Notable politicians appointed as ministers or deputy ministers under the John Mahama-led administration have been mentioned in the possible corruption scandal.